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Body found in northwest Missouri identified as Independence woman

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 16:01:18-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Buchanan County, Missouri Sheriff’s office said Friday a body found inside a duffel bag Tuesday was a woman from Independence.

Sheriff William Puett identified the woman as 21-year-old Arial Anne-Rae Starcher.

Deputies are investigating Starcher’s death as a homicide.

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker spotted the duffel bag Tuesday just west of Faucett near Missouri Highway 371. The location is about 50 miles north of Kansas City.

Anyone with information about Starcher’s death is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-238-8477.